While perusing some fashion shots from the latest episode, we got to thinking: What exactly are these ladies trying to communicate with their office style? Sure they all look great, but what do their outfits convey to colleagues about their personalities? And more importantly, what does our everyday office style say to our co-workers?
We got style expert and author of the international bestselling books How to Tell a Man by His Shoes and How to Tell a Woman by Her Handbag Kathryn Eisman to decode these stylish looks to give us a glimpse into the hidden messages you're sending to colleagues every morning when you carefully select your outfit for the day.
Forget the power suit, these days ladies everywhere are experimenting with fun suit separates at the office. Embellished blazers, like this one, add a touch of pizzazz to an otherwise neutral palette and can make you stand out in the boardroom.
The expert says: Black blazer and brown skirt = Power and grace
"This outfit masterfully combines the strong square shoulders (revealing her love of power and ability to lead) with the bias cut hem (showing a softer side that lets people feel they can confide in her). The mix of subdued black and brown shades with the splash of sequin reveals she seeks the spotlight but in an indirect, behind-the-scenes way. She favors power over fame."
When in doubt, we always go for the classic look at work. After all, you really can't fail when wearing black and white separates in crisp yet feminine silhouettes.
The expert says: White shirt and black skirt = Ambitious go-getter on her way up
"She's literally got her sleeves rolled up and she's not afraid of getting to work. This crisp business shirt oozes personal ambition and a 'can do' attitude that will soon see her moving up the ranks at work. The appropriate but still sexy skirt means she'll use anything in her bag of tricks to get ahead, including the allure of her physical charms. Make no mistake, she might look like the secretary, but she's got her eye on becoming the boss."
Pretty details like wrapped ruching and subtle ruffles can instantly amplify your style at the office. They're eye-catching but not gaudy, so they strike the perfect balance between fun and professional.
The expert says: Black wrap dress = No nonsense approach to work
"The simple lines and monotone black shade suggest that this woman has a knack for identifying exactly what needs to be done, and making sure it happens with as little fuss as possible. She doesn't like to stand out and works hard not to become a target for potential enemies at work. Instead, she dedicates herself 100 percent to her role and tries to play by the rules."
If you ask us, a sleek midi length V-neck LWD takes some confidence to rock. The length doesn't work for just anyone, and white is a pretty daring hue (lunch stains, anyone?).
The expert says: White dress = Queen Bee
"The confidence to wear this spotless white fabric is proof the wearer has other people doing her dirty work for her. Organized and meticulous in both fashion and the way she conducts her business, this woman looks prepared for anything and knows the power of being polished, poised and how to 'play the game' without breaking a sweat."
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